My 12 week Half Marathon training doesn’t start until later this month so for the next few weeks I’ll just be doing maintenance runs to make sure I don’t lose any of the ground I’ve gained. Today I decided to do a 3 mile tempo run. The weather wasn’t too bad and even though the humidity was back to normal, there was a breeze which made it feel better. I got out the door before 7am which meant I didn’t have to battle the sun too much (my route is mostly in the shade in the morning).
I set my Garmin and started running, I wasn’t really trying to run fast in the first mile but when I looked at my time I couldn’t believe it! What? Under 11 min/mi pace!?? No way!! Of course the rest of the story is that most of the first mile was either flat or a decline – buy, hey, I’ll take it! I had to stop for a walk break at that point and then several more times as I turned around and started back on that same route (a slow steady incline). I didn’t expect to clock the same pace on the way up but I did tell myself that I would run all the way up a little hill that has been a thorn in my side…and I did it!
So, I had a couple of wins on my run today – clocking under 11 mins and running up that little hill…Yippee!!!